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After Striking Puerto Rico, Hurricane Irma Now Has Florida in its Sights

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By Clyde Weiss ·

As we continue to focus on AFSCME members in Texas who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we must turn our attention to Puerto Rico and Florida.

Of the two, Puerto Rico was the first to experience the fury of Hurricane Irma. The second-strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, Irma killed at least three people and caused power outages affecting nearly 1 million people

Help AFSCME Members Affected by the Hurricanes

Our AFSCME sisters and brothers in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and other areas affected by recent hurricanes are on the front lines of the disasters. They are doing what they do best: Serving their community. Helping people. But they need our help.

Click here to make donations to the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund, to help AFSCME members get back on their feet.


AFSCME Council 95/the Servidores Publicos Unidos (SPU) and its retiree chapters represent about 12,000 working members and thousands of retirees.

Floridians, including at least 17,000 working and retiree members of AFSCME Florida throughout the state, are now in harm’s way from Irma. The entire state, not just south Florida, is expected to feel the effects of the storm to varying degrees.

Irma is forecast to make landfall Sunday. AFSCME wants all members to know that if you cannot leave your homes for safer ground, please consider the resources available to you, listed here.

Many AFSCME members are first responders and other public service employees whose work will be critical in the hours and days ahead. We say thanks for all that you do to keep your communities safe. Please keep yourselves safe, too.

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